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In all things of Nature, there is something of the marvelous. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

 

MOSS 

Is the moss alive?

The moss has been preserved and has maintained the same qualities of live moss. Live moss requires a moist environment and a substrate like soil, dirt, stones or trees to grow. The growth process has been stopped with a sustainable process to preserve the moss. 

 

Will the moss dry and shed?

The moss has been preserved and will not shed with normal handling. It is securely adhered to a surface to create a vertical wall for your home or office. Like other art, it should not be excessively handled, or touched, pulled or rubbed. The moss should also be kept in a room with at least 30 percent moisture content. Most home and work environments are 40 percent. If the moss starts to dry, please add moisture to the air. Do not spray the moss directly. 

 

Can it be placed in direct sun?

It can become too dry in direct sunlight. Indirect sunlight is preferred and will not dry the moss.  

 

Are they heavy and require additional support?

Unlike live potted plants that require soil and water, moss is very lightweight in comparison. The average weight per square foot is 2 pounds. Additional weight is added with stones, bark, branches and other design elements. Weight will also be affected by the type of frame selected.  

Example:  2 ft x 2 ft frame = 4 ft total; estimated weight 8 lbs, plus frame and stone, 10 pounds.

 

What care and maintenance are needed?

None to minimal. They do not require adding moisture,  watering or replanting like potted plants. The frames arrive complete and ready to hang. If you are local we can schedule an installation. Installation directions will otherwise be provided with your new frame. Standard picture hanging tools and installation are adequate. Full wall or oversize installations will be quoted for local installations. Large multiples or panels can be shipped direct for a local installer.  Moss actually works as a repellant to dust. In the event that dust or debris does land on the art, use a can of air (similar to those used for keyboard cleaning) to blow away any dust particles. Remember do not excessively rub or pull on the moss and other elements. With proper care preserved moss can last 10 years or longer. 

 

Why should I invest in this Living Art?

We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions with flowers and plants. Flowers unless planted in pots will last only one week to 10 days. The recipient watches the beauty fade over a short period of time. Living moss last years and provides a natural, tactile and artful memory that brings joy to you or the recipient for years to come. One dozen roses delivered - $60 (unless it's a holiday) or a custom 11 x 14 inch Living Aura Moss frame $100 dependent upon elements added.  

 

What is the Referral Program?

If you tell your friends, family, clients, etc. In other words, spread the word; you will earn $20 credit per completed order. Earn up to $100 credit per month with referrals. Limited offer and subject to change.

 

I want my frame to be different, how do I do that?

All frames are custom, no two are alike.  Elements of nature are unique and so are our custom frames. Moss placement, color texture, and size will vary per design. We customize all elements to meet your design requests. For large installations, a digital layout will be submitted before we begin design assembly.  Large is consider 4 square feet or more. 

 

Is moss a sustainable product?

Our suppliers are worldwide and practice sustainable harvesting practices. Moss that we used is grown in the forest, mountain regions and areas that replenish moss readily after harvesting. It is not the same moss that is growing on your trees and ground in your yards. Unless of course, you are in Italy, Norway and other beautiful miss sites. In that case, I will plan a visit soon. 

 

How many species and varieties are available?

There are currently hundreds of species available. They range in size, color, textures, and types. The joy of variation adds to the uniqueness of your Living Art. 

 

Is moss safe for children and pets?

Moss art should not be accessible to younger children who are prone to put them in their mouths, the same for pets. Moss is not poisonous but may look inviting to pets and children. Especially the color variations available. Please keep them out of reach of eager hands and curious pets. 

 

 

AIR PLANTS 

What are Air Plants?

The formal name is Tillandsia. Tillandsia consists of 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants, native to the forests, mountains and, deserts of Central and South America, the southern United States and the West Indies. Some species will also have brighter colors and blooms as they mature. Air plant is a common name for plants in this genus, including bromeliads, Spanish moss and, orchids.  Tillandsia species include epiphytes, meaning they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants.

 

Where are they grown?

Our suppliers are carefully selected and provide plants from horticulturally conscious growers. We also work with suppliers to provide healthy plants and offer a 30-day replacement guarantee.

 

How do you take care of Air Plants?

For your air plant care:

  • light mist daily or at least every other day

  • remove from container every week or at least every 2 weeks to add needed moisture

  • submerge in room temperature water that has allowed chemicals to evaporate - 10 to 15 minutes (or use distilled water), longer for large plants

  • remove from water and turn upside down to drain, return to the container or can be displayed without a container

  • display in locations with light or supplemental lighting

  • do not mist or submerge after 4 pm, the plant is beginning to go into it’ s own respiration phase for the evening and can become waterlogged

  • plants cannot tolerate temperature below 50 degrees, avoid prolonged exposure to excess heat or cold

 

Can I overwater?

Yes, you can. It is best to mist lightly early in the day if your plants are inside and deep dive them in room temperature water every week or every other week minimum. Remember your Biology lessons (thanks, Mr. Manual) and realize that plants start their respiration process in the evening and create their own water, carbon dioxide for energy and replenishment. If you water late in the day or they are not drained (turn over) properly they can get root rot and drown from too much moisture.  Plan to water, drain and dry at least 4 hours before evening.

 

Where should they be displayed?

Air Plants should be placed in a location with exposure to daylight. Like other plants, they also thrive on sun exposure. Avoid direct sunlight if possible. In the warmer months, they can be placed outside in a location that receives shade part of the day.

 

Are there benefits to having them in your space?

Air plants bring nature into your space and improve your quality of life. Nature has the ability to create the environment we want, reconnecting with nature can calm, increase creativity, help to purify the air by removing pollutants, reduce noise by absorbing sound and help us to live the life we want to live.

 

I do not have a green thumb; can I take care of them?

Air plants are low maintenance, however, to create a visual reminder to yourself, keep them in a visible location to enjoy the beauty and aesthetics they add to your space. Air Plants are easy to take care of with misting and added moisture through a deep soaking on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Don’t worry if you skip one or two, they are forgiving.  Just remember they are alive and Tillandsias need love too! 

 

How many species and varieties are available?

There are currently 650 species that have been recorded. They range in size from 1 inch to older specimens that can grow 6-9 ft. Some species have been cataloged for 100 years. These are typically the larger species.

 

Are they safe for children and pets?

Air plants should not be accessible to younger children who are prone to put them in their mouths, the same for pets. Air Plants are not poisonous but why chance it, also your plant will not survive being mistaken for a snack.

 

Enjoy moss art and air plants to create the environment and life that you want to live! 

 

Feel free to email if your question was not answered. We provide custom design services to fit your environment.